Easy How To Steps To Preserve Boxwood
Hello Friends. I hope you are having a great start to 2017. If you are anything like me you have a list on paper or in your head of things/goals for 2017.
One problem…….. it is way more than we could possibly do in a year without a huge budget & team. I wish I did have an unlimited budget & construction team but since I don’t expect that to ever be, I am going to DIY as much of the projects as I can and have a ton of fun doing it. How about you? Any project plans for 2017?
One of my first projects this year is preserving Boxwood cuttings. I purchased the necessary supplies in December , so I would be ready in January.
On New Years Eve I headed outside and got my cuttings.
I cut the boxwood into 8 inch pieces when I possible. Some are a little shorter, but it will all work out when assembling the wreaths.
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- One cup Glycerin . I ordered mine from Amazon but I believe you can find this at Joann Fabric as well.
- Two tablespoons Rit Dye
- One tablespoon Citric Acid
- One and one-half cups hot water
- Boxwood clippings
- Spoon to mix the above
- Containers to hold cuttings. I used Mason jars and a big glass bowl.
Clip the ends again before placing in solution.
I used several mason jars but I like the big bowl plan better. It gives plenty of room for the boxwood to breathe. Add the solution to containers just enough to cover the stem bottoms of the cuttings.
When placing the boxwood cuttings in the solution make sure the stem bottom is covered by the liquid.
Now we just wait for 20 days or so. The leaves should feel smooth and fresh when touched as the days go by.
For a demonstration on How To Preserve Boxwood check my YouTube Video.
UPDATE: The boxwood is preserved and if you want to see the assembling of a wreath go here: Boxwood Preserved Wreaths
See you soon!